On August 4, 1964, two American destroyers, the USS Maddox and the USS Turner Joy, were operating in the Gulf of Tonkin when they were attacked by...no one.
Relying on 'faulty intelligence' claiming that the destroyers were attacked by North Vietnamese naval forces, Congress passed the Tonkin Gulf Resolution which provided the legal basis for the Vietnam War during which over 50,000 Americans, an estimated two million Vietnamese and several hundred thousand Laotians and Cambodians were killed. Oh, well. Mistakes happen. Don't blame us. We only work here.
And in 2003, in Iraq,
"You got the WMD's?"
"No, I thought you had them."
"Hmm, maybe I left them in my other pants."
How many dead and disabled Americans? Iraqis? How many billions, trillions of dollars wasted? Oh, well...
And now, it's Syria's turn. Anybody know why we're getting involved in a sectarian, tribal, civil war when we can't even tell the good guys from the bad,
"Who was that Shiite I saw you with last nite?"
"That was no Shiite. That was my Sunni."
If only the moderates would have an 'M' stamped on their foreheads and the Jihadi terrorists, a 'T.J.' (Arabic is read from right to left), it would all be so much simpler.
And about the gas, who knows for sure where it came from? Rockets have been fired into Israel for decades. The rebels in Syria couldn't have gotten hold of a few? And filling them with sarin instead of explosives would be absolutely impossible?
And if it turns out that Assad actually did order the gas attacks, would that have been any more of a 'crime against humanity' than was destroying Iraq's sewage and water treatment plants and its electric grid? Or napalm in Vietnam? Or atom bombs and incendiary bombs on civilian targets in WWII? There are kids everywhere.
But, not to worry. Whatever action we take will be "unbelievably small" (Secy of State, John Kerry). Although Golf Digest's Man of the Year did say that "the United States doesn't do pinpricks." So, who knows?
Is this starting to sound like 'The Gang That Couldn't Shoot Straight?' Well, maybe they shouldn't shoot at all, since it's really none of our business anyway. Now, wouldn't that be a nice change...for a change.